Freddy Trujillo – Little Birds

December 9th, 2016 by

“When I think of Ireland I think of a ‘home’” said Portland musician Freddy Trujillo, bass player with The Delines and Richmond Fontaine. He was in Ireland as recently as October with alt-country-rock legends Richmond Fontaine. They were playing shows on the island as part of their European farewell tour before disbanding after 22 years […]

Ab-Soul, J. Cole & More

December 9th, 2016 by

Ab-Soul – DWTW (Top Dawg Entertainment) Do What Thou Wilt, or the abrreviated, DWTW is the album that marks the end of Herbert Anthony Stevens IV’s twenties before his landmark birthday and entry into his thirties next February. The album will feature appearences from Ab-Soul’s friends and Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates SZA and Schoolboy Q. […]

Cast’s John Power..”I get that, the whole nostalgia thing”

December 8th, 2016 by

Ahead of a string of Irish dates before Christmas, John Power of legendary Liverpool indie-rock outfit Cast chats to State’s Steven Dunne about refreshing the band, recording the new album, and how Britpop was much bigger than the sum of its parts. Cast have been back since 2010, how have the last six years changed […]

The Art of the Bedroom Producer

December 6th, 2016 by

The bedroom producer incites images of creative freedom. An alternative world, existing between four walls, where the clutches of label restriction and the blinding light of the mainstream can’t reach. Some of the most forward thinking sound has been created right next to where an artist lays their head. In a world dominated by the […]

Grandaddy, Cian Nugent, Preoccupations & More

December 4th, 2016 by

The festive season is upon us, officially. Everywhere we look there’s sequined everything; leggings, dresses, jackets, jumpsuits. Christmas jumpers are more elaborately engineered, you’re a Scrooge unless the Rudolph on your tummy lights up the pub. Ah, the pub during the Christmas season. You spend October wistfully imagining the cosy surroundings of your favourite old […]

Childish Gambino, Jean-Michel Jarre, deadmau5 & More

December 2nd, 2016 by

It’s that time again. It’s the most wonderful time of the week. It’s beginning to look a lot like… Release Day! Once again, there is a feast of new albums being brought to our metaphorical musical buffet. The Rolling Stones and Pete Doherty’s latest albums will be considered by State’s esteemed writers in the coming […]

Iceland Airwaves 2016

December 2nd, 2016 by

After a number of years Airwaves becomes a calling rather than a trip. As each year goes by you meet more and more returnees, people on the trail back up for that musical long weekend. Paul from Scotland and his mates, who we met in the pools last year, are back. So too is Rolling […]

Gnarkats – Waves Collide

December 1st, 2016 by

With their debut EP Waves Collide, Belfast’s Gnarkats have delivered a rounded, wholly enjoyable collection of alt-rock that doesn’t mess around. Not content with offering short, sharp bursts of melody, the four-piece have opted to instead follow gut-instincts and let tracks develop and build, allowing them room to breathe. The result is four tracks of rollicking riffs […]

Margaret Glaspy..”Elliott Smith is a big inspiration for me”

November 30th, 2016 by

Margaret Glaspy has emerged as a force to be reckoned with this year. With the release of her debut full length, Emotions and Math – where garage rock guitars blend with lyrics both reflective and plithy, her voice harking back to the greats – and followed by relentless touring, State’s Aaron Hamilton was able to catch up […]


November 28th, 2016 by

Who are you and where are you from? I’m Ana Perrote and I’m from Madrid! Who are your favourite artists from home? The Parrots and Los Nastys. What’s it really like touring? It’s something impossible to write, I would need every single page of your magazine. It definitely is exhausting, magical and addictive though. What’s your […]

Kate Bush, Cass McCombs, Big Thief & More

November 27th, 2016 by

It has been a year that repeatedly thrust people into mourning with the passing of music’s most influential figures such as David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy and Leonard Cohen. Once these artists made their unexpected departures, the collective feeling of loss for these innovators seemed palpable; perhaps some people felt that their appreciation could have been greater […]

Funeral Suits, Martha Wainwright, Young Legionnaire & More

November 25th, 2016 by

Some guy called Abel, affectionately known as The Weeknd and an iconically talented lass named Kate Bush released albums today which will be dissected by the equally affectionate and iconically talented writers at State over the next few days. In the meantime, here are some other albums shared today that you should spin over the […]

Robyn G Shiels – If I Were Thy Demon

November 24th, 2016 by

There resides in all of us the capacity for profound pathos; fortunately for the listener, Robyn G Shiels‘ grasp upon his is frequently dragged up to surface-level, offered in only the way a harbinger of doom-folk could, and with ‘If I Were Thy Demon’, the result is a hauntingly introspective, melodic soliloquy. Simple, emotive and with a […]